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Netherlands coach Danny Blind has revealed that he rejected an approach from Manchester United last year.
The father of United midfielder Daley, Danny was a part of Louis van Gaal’s coaching staff for two years. With goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek following Van Gaal to Old Trafford, the 53-year-old was also approached with ‘fantastic offer’ to pair upwithhis compatriot, and eventually his son. But the former Ajax defender says he rejected the offer, citing his ambition to coach his nation as the reason.
“I had a fantastic offer from Manchester United. There were talks about United and Van Gaal a couple of times last year, but I rejected that.
“If you have ambition, what is more beautiful than becoming manager of your country?”
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Blind was surprisingly named as the new head coach of the Netherlands following the exit of Guus Hiddink.
The Oranje are struggling in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, having tasted two defeats in their opening six games, and thrown third in the group. But the new manager is nonetheless optimistic about the quality at his disposal.
Blind said, “Do I feel confident about qualifying? We know what we have to do: win four matches, starting with Iceland on 3 September.
“We can’t afford to lose any more games. But with our quality we are more than able to do it.”
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